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Le Parkour Wellington

by stephen clover on November 1, 2007 in Outdoors, Sport, Video, Waterfront

Creative Commons photo by Alexandre Ferreira on Flickr

UPDATE: NZ Parkour Association established; offering classes in Wellington.

 

Ever been wandering around town and seen a group of youngsters behaving like a bunch of naughty monkeys? Whaddya know.. they’re probably doing parkour.

Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) or or “free-running” or l’art du deplacement (“the art of displacement”) is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body.

Founded by David Belle in France, parkour focuses on practicing efficient movements to develop your body and mind to be able to overcome obstacles in an emergency. It is also practiced by many as a form of entertainment or as a pastime.

As I hinted above, there’s a thriving parkour scene in Wellington; especially in and around the urban/recreational areas of the waterfront and Civic Square.

Here’s a couple of clips of some pretty shit-hot local practitioners:

Luckily our guys are a bit more skillful than this lot of unfortunates:

And so on and so on. There’s much more where that came from (Youtube, of course).

And if you’re keen to try it out, perhaps you could keep an eye on Meetups for parkour in Wellington.

Stephen Clover

Stephen Clover swears too much, drinks too much, and is frequently being sent not-safe-for-work weblinks by his amusing friends. He lives for music and art. He also worships at the same church as Tom Beard.

  • logan

    i went and im going again ok…

    • arcade

      agreed. Might want to change the comment about you guys being more skillfull than them. Some of those runners in the clip above ( Not even including david belle ) are some of the best in the world. Not to put you down. I’m sure your all very skilled and I want to be a free running expert too one day but I’ve hurt my self as many times as I’ve done something cool 😛

    • Brin Ryder

      Note that one (if not more) of those clips is of David Belle himself, and what you didn’t see above was him getting up and walking away perfectly fine.

  • logan

    ok im heading down to welly soon.
    i meet you guys there then..

  • rhodes featherstone

    hay some guys at my school told me bout parkour it seems kool but all of the guys at ma school that do it a bogus i need help to find some m8s that are good and can give me a few tips by the way im 12 and i wellington

  • logan

    ok up a bit it says 3:00pm but i might go down before and warm up.

    i may see you guys there…

  • stephenjudd

    Tiago tells me civic square on Sundays — not sure what time though.

  • logan

    im thirteen and my cuz is 14 and we just started. we were gona go down in wellinton and jam but we need help we could learn with ya?

    are yous guys meeeting on sunday?

  • rainpepper

    to repeat what max said:

    if anyone’s interested in more about parkour (and the related discipline of free running) the NZ website is at http://www.nzparkour.com . You can contact us Wellington guys through there 🙂

    That’s the best site to follow what’s happening with parkour around New Zealand.

  • Braydon

    Hey guys,

    Let me just say that what you do is awesome.

    Im wanting to learn it too Im 18 but i feel too old as most of your comments are from 14/15 year olds. haha

    DO you know anyone who i could run with in Wellington? I just moved here and am a student. You can email me at aka-ray@hotmail.com

    Thanks, Cant wait to start.

  • mike

    yea im in the same boat as braydon,im 17 nd jst been based at trentham military camp 4 the next year nd a half and wanna get into parkour, ne1 that can help with that,email me grimfire_142@hotmail.com

    cheers

  • Jemma Scheib

    i wanna do parkour but i can’t find a place in wellington that does parkour for 12 year old girls

    HELP ME!!

  • Marc J

    Hey guys, so I’m growing a lot of interest in PK, namely through the pop culture of numerous video games, movies and youtube clips such as the ones you’ve uploaded, and am moving to Wellington next year to study.

    Doing animation: I’d really like to get a feel for flow of movement and all that, PK would help with that, also the fact that it’s totally awesome. 😛 It looks like a ton of fun.

    Unfortunately I’m very unfit, but am starting to get myself into shape, is there any advice you pros would be able to give to someone who is essentially just stepping into the sports scene with an interest in taking on PK?

    My email address is blightedart@gmail.com

    Thanks guys, and it’s good to see PK taking form in NZ. 🙂

  • stephenjudd

    Jemma: get in touch with the Wellington Circus Trust, and ask them to hook you up with Tiago Miranda (that’s him in the first clip). http://www.circus.org.nz/about/contact-us/

  • Dante oberhumer

    heya watup do u guys still meet every sunday i just moved to wellington from blehneim i uest to realy be into freerunning but lost it due to injury. getting back into it know and was just hoping there still a crowd for it. email me at straydwarf@gmail.com

    good to c that u guys have a good town for it to itd also be great to have some one show me some cool spots to

  • jean

    Is there anyone doing free running in auckland? would be keen to check it out. am n ex gymnast…..

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  • Aidan

    Are there any free running club in the Kapiti area?

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